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Have a Hyundai santa fe that will not come out of park. how

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have a Hyundai santa fe that will not come out of park. how to get the car out of park into gear?
Submitted: 2 years ago via
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 2 years ago.
What year is this vehicle?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 2 years ago.
Great, thanks! When the shifter will not release from Park, first, check the rear brake lights to see if they are working when you step on the brake pedal. If the brake lights are NOT working, check fuse #14 in the under-dash fuse box. If the fuse is good, then the problem will lie in the brake light switch. This switch controls the rear brake lights, but also sends a signal to the Shift Interlock telling it to release when the brake pedal is depressed. The switch is located at the top of the brake pedal arm, under the driver's side dash. Inspect the switch mount and contact points for any broken or misaligned parts. If the inspection checks ok, replacing the switch will solve the problem. If the brake lights ARE working and still no shifter release, the problem will lie in the shifter or interlock system. This will require the shifter assembly be disassembled and inspected for any broken parts or problems in the shift cable. Unfortunately, Hyundai does not provide any sort of by-pass or over-ride procedure for the shifter. If there is no over-ride slot on the face of the shifter, than the problem will need to be manually corrected before the vehicle can shift from Park again. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here! Please do the right thing and remember to leave a rating using the stars at the top right of this page or accept the answer so I may be credited for this Q&A. You can ask follow-up questions even after you rate or accept.